James 1:13- Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil; neither does He tempt anyone.
If we take a poll on today regarding temptation to sin, many would give one reason after another to convince themselves and others that they are being tempted by God when it happens.
God's Word begs to differ on today!
If you have been being tempted with sin, it is not God who is doing that to you. It is the adversary! Satan, lucifer, the devil, the accuser of the brethren, father of lies, etc. who is tempting us.
There are 3 types of temptations.
Lust of the flesh-temptation to feel physical pleasure from sinful activity.
Lust of the eyes-temptation to look upon things we should not or commanded not to look upon. One example is found in Matthew 5:28-But I say to you that whoever looks on a women to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
The pride of life-sinful temptation for excess greatness or power that everyone feels the temptation to attain. It was the sin of pride that caused satan (lucifer) to turn from a beautiful angel into the devil, our adversary.
When temptation leads us to a place where we are entice to do evil and do what we know to be wrong, the choice is ours. We have no one to blame but self.
Scripture declares that when we are tempted, God will always provide a way of escape from it.
Let's listen to 1 Corinthians 10:13-here hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bare for He will give us a way out. Therefore, He is not the One who causes us to sin, you and I are responsible.
God is not the source of our problem with temptation, sin is! When we begin to deal with this fact and work against it with the leading of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and prayer, we can not only move away from it, but grow from it too.
James 4:7-Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Stop blaming God for scripture reminds us on today that God CANNOT be tempted with evil;neither does He tempt anyone.
Vs #14-15 of this same text drives home the point of how temptation to sin happens. Let's listen: But each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. 15 Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and when sin is finished, it brings forth death.
James makes several points in this text about temptation. (1) each person is tempted. None of us gets a free pass from temptation. No, none of us are exempt from it for it pays all of us hourly and daily visits.
(2) We are tempted to sin when we are drawn away by our own lustful desires that entices us to sin. Sin will always present it self to be the best thing going and when its grip has captured our mind from much pondering and meditating on it, the trap has already been set.
Remember Eve's reaction in the garden when she saw the fruit from the knowledge of good and evil, knowing that she was not suppose to eat from it.
It was not the temptation to eat the fruit that brought about the penalty of sin upon mankind, but the act of eating the fruit.
There was a way of escape to the temptation eat from the tree. All Adam had to do was to bring back to his memory the Word of the Lord that was spoken to him concerning the tree and not eating from it.
Scripture declares that it was good for food and pleasing to the eyes. Our eyes can deceive us, especially when we look too long at a thing.
(3) Temptation comes from our evil desires. Our desires of those things God forbids us to have or touch. Those outward appearance of things.
(4) When sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. Evil desires give birth to sin and sin gives birth to death. Once temptation has taken root in the mind and heart and is acted upon, it becomes sin and sin births death which is separation from God.
Scripture declares in Romans 6:23-For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Giving in to temptation that leads to sin and death has caused a lot of families, marriages and relationships to be destroyed.
It is the Lord's will that we honor Him with out lives. Surrendering to temptation dishonors God.
Temptation is the opportunity to disobey God and obey the sinful desires of the flesh.
Sorry to bust your bubble people, but you can not use the excuse of saying "God tempted me and I took the bait" for God tempts no one and even when we are tempted by our sinful desires, God always give us a way of escape.
Sin is always a willful act and for the believer, we know that to be true. Or, should I say, we ought to know that for throughout the bible God has given us plenty of examples of what we need not and should not do as His chosen people, "The Church-The Body Of Christ".
God allows test and trials in our lives to test our faith, teach us His will and to show us our weakness and our continual need for our Savior in every area of our lives.
One thing for sure, "God does not tempt man to do evil for each man is drawn away and entice by his own lust and will to sin".
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. It is not God who has left you, it is you who have left Him.